Ammonia Challenge

What does it test for?

A screening test for dysfunctional ammonia metabolism.

How do you perform the test?

Most often a muscle will show a negative response when the patient sniffs ammonia.  This means that a previously strong muscle become neurologically weak via the manual muscle test.

What does it mean?

The ammonia sniff test is very common among patients and may or may not be associated with pain and other symptoms. Because ammonia metabolism has a tremendous impact on neurological function it plays a critical role in a patients overall health.

Ammonia is produced as part of normal metabolism. The metabolism of ammonia has a direct impact on protein and neurotransmitter synthesis. When our body is not excreting ammonia, patients will have a tendency to retain fluid. This test can be associated with the following conditions carpal tunnel, hypertension, menstrual cramps; but it can be underlying factor in any condition.

The nutrients tested relate to one of the three main metabolic pathways for ammonia removal. Similar to the bleach sniff test, there can be multiple layers to this test. A patient may require multiple nutrients to pass this test and it may take multiple visits before a patient will pass this test.

Another underlying reason someone might have ammonia metabolism dysfunction is due to over training, especially in endurance athletes.

Related Supplements

B6, Molybdenum, Iron, Other B Vitamins, Arginase, Manganese, Kidney Extract, Heart Extract

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